At first we thought about booking at the recently revamped New Port Bay, but after lengthy research we decided that as a family of 4, (Children aged 9,14 , youngest is autistic), that being closer to the parks was well worth the extra cost.
We booked a classic family room and decided to go with the Half board option, giving us a breakfast everyday and either a lunch or dinner option.
Check in took a little longer than expected, but then again it was extremely busy. As expected our room was not ready at the time we arrived, 11h30, but we were politely offered a baggage storage and our park tickets so we may enjoy the parks immediately. Explanation of the extras and Hotel layout was well explained and all staff was extremely polite.
The Hotel Foyer is simply massive and once you enter it, the kids and yes, the adults too start enjoying and living the Disney experience. From paintings on the walls to puppets of characters, to the small attention to detail items make the beginning of the experience magical. The hotel is literaly 50m from the nearest Disneyland Park entrance! A major boost for families like us with kids who get tired easily, so its an easy stroll back to hotel whenevr your legs and feet get tired. This is a huge saving in time, as getting onto a shuttle bus, or walking to a hotel that is further away, mentally is draining and fighting your way onto over crowded shuttle buses is not my idea of a magical environment! (By the way , we have stayed at 2 hotels before further away from the parks and had to take shuttle buses. NEVER AGAIN!)
Phillipe at concierge must be mentioned as he was extremely polite but best of all efficient and very helpful in whatever requests we had. Outstanding!
The two restaurants available in the hotel are , Inventions (Buffet Restaurant) and California Grill (Set menu or al la carte). Our first Dinner we enjoyed the California Grill. We had the premium set menu as this is what the half board package gives you. Fair selection of food, but be warned, kids might not enjoy any of the food available. Food more directed at Adults although, there is a kids set menu. My children did not enjoy any of the food , although it was delicious, but then again our kids are fussy.
Second day we enjoyed Breakfast and Lunch at Inventions! Well, I can only say WOW! What a variety of food available! Fantastic staff and characters running around. A very special mention must be made of Laura and Sonia, who were simply amazing with the care and attention the gave us. Outstanding service from these two ladies!
Our Family room was spacious, although probably needing a refurbishment sooner rather than later. Bed was very comfortable and bathroom was lovely with the little Shampoo's and Bath Gels on offer in a little Mickey Mouse bottle. Lovely little touch. Be warned, the chamber maids do not speak English, rather call reception or house keeping if you need anything.
The Hotel pool was also lovely, but the staff here seemed for less enthusiastic than their fellow colleagues at Front office and the Restaurants. Never the less very clean and most enjoyable area. Great for unwinding after a long day.
I could probably be able to keep writing, but in short here is a summary.
Is it worth the extra cost? To us YES. but then everyone is different. We were prepared to pay extra for the convenience of being a stone's throw away from the parks. To be honest, Disneyland Paris as a general rule is expensive. We all come to Disney to let our children and us enjoy the Magic for a little while. There is no price for that. We will definitely come back to this hotel.
Please ask any questions you wish, I will try answer as best I can.
Enjoy the Magic!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Glide into a magical life of luxury. Just a short stroll from the gates of the Park, this majestic Victorian-inspired Hotel delivers only the finest Disney quality, service and hospitality. From breakfast to dinner, two restaurants and one bar give you options for relaxing in the most enchanting surroundings. Inventions Marvel at a time of great technological imagination in this open-kitchen buffet restaurant overlooking Main Street, U.S.A.®. California Grill You'll relish the view as much as the food and wines in this elegant setting overlooking Main Street Station and Disneyland Park. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Disneyland Hotel Paris
- Disneyland Hotel Chessy, Europe